The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will host its annual Fall Field Day and Open House at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) near Quincy on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Field Day and Open House are not only for agriculture professionals, but are also for anyone interested in gardening, landscape or farming. The Field Day and Open House were designed to provide updated research information on agricultural practices and showcase the importance of agriculture to north Florida.

The Field Day tours cover vegetables, row crops, forestry/wildlife, tree crops, and environmental horticulture. Attendees will be able to choose two tours, which will cover topics such as, “Asian Soybean Rust,” “Edamame Soybeans for Life,” “Cold-hardy Citrus and Fruit Crops for North Florida,” and “New Plants for the Nursery and Landscape.”

The Open House will be held after lunch. It will give participants an opportunity to attend special tours and sessions, where they can learn about farm pond management, proper food portion sizes, small farms, organic farming, methyl bromide alternatives, and more.

The programs at NFREC-Quincy cover a wide range of crops, including vegetables, small grains, agronomic row crops, forages, ornamentals, tree fruits, and forestry.

The Field Day and Open House will be held at the NFREC-Quincy, located off Pat Thomas Parkway at 155 Research Road. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and tours start at 9:00 a.m. Registration is $5.

To register or for more information on the Fall Field Day and Open House visit http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu or call 1-850-875-7100.